Easy win places Barbados in quarters
Barbados 103 for 8 (Hinds 37*, Matthew 3-18) beat Dominica 77 (Springer 4-20, Benn 3-11) by 26 runs
Barbados entered the quarter-finals of the Stanford 20/20 after they won a low-scoring match against Dominica with four overs to spare in Coolidge. Khalid Springer and Sulieman Benn shared seven wickets between them as Dominica were bowled out for 77.
But Barbados will be concerned about their batting ahead of their next match against Grenada on February 15. Only two players reached double figures and Ryan Hinds top scored with an unbeaten 37 as Barbados got 103 in their 20 overs. Dominica must have felt a quarter-final berth was very likely when they had Barbados at 13 for 3 in the fourth over. In the first ten overs, only one six and one four were hit, while four wickets fell for 34 runs.
Fortunately for them, the Dominica batting was weaker. After Hinds ran out Tyrone Toussaint for a duck in the ninth ball of the innings, Benn struck thrice in successive overs to reduce Dominica to 25 for 4. They never recovered from that, losing another five wickets for 25 runs - Springer picking up three of those. He handed Barbados a 26-run win when he cleaned up Raymond Casimir for 15.
While Benn receieved US$25,000 as the Man of the Match for his three top-order wickets, Ryan Nurse picked up US$10,000 for the Play of the Match for his first-ball six over midwicket.
Though Dwayne Smith, the Barbados captain, was disappointed with his side's batting display he said there were always enough runs on the board to defend. "Our aim was to get some quick wickets and bowl tight, he said. "The aim was not to give them more than 60 runs ... they got beyond that, but we won and that is more important."
Liam Sebastien, the Dominica captain, said it was the poor batting that cost them the match. "They [Barbados] bowled well, but irresponsibility from some of our batsmen let us down," Sebastien said. "Some of us played some shots that we shouldn't have played."